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Discussion: Defibrillator Need - Get One

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May 6, 2014
Men's 60
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Defibrillator Need - Get One
Last night (5/5/2014), one of our players suffered a heart attack walking to his car after his game.

Five years ago, our league purchased a defibrillator which (every year) is cleaned, batteries changed, pads swapped out, and tested along with CPR training from the local fire department.

Within a minute of the collapse, we had our defibrillator out to our player and were met by police officers who took over, applied the device, and performed CPR. A total of three shocks were administered when the rescue squad of paramedics arrived and assumed control.

Unfortunately, one of our top players at age 56 did not respond to treatment at the local trauma center and passed away.

I write this to plead with all leagues that do not have a defibrillator to get

While we were unable to save him; he had a chance thanks to the defibrillator that was applied while he was still capable of recovery and to bridge the time until the paramedics could get there.

Please have one, along with a first aid kit, at your complex.

All the best to all of you.

Chuck Grubb
Director of Marketing, Publicity, and Communications
Nebraska Senior Softball
May 6, 2014
Omar Khayyam
1325 posts
OmahaChuck, good reminder and sorry for the sad outcome of your fellow player. Our city rec department provides a defibrillator (after the urging of our senior league) in every scorekeeper's shack. And a few years ago, several players from our league went to the local hospital to be trained on its use as well as CPR. It's time for us to do that again. Can't have too many trained as a life might be saved!
May 7, 2014
89 posts
I'm sorry to hear about your player. We played y'all in Tulsa and enjoyed playing you even though we lost. I manage the Dallas Spurs and will let my guys know. We'll start our next tournament with a prayer for his family.
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